Donations, volunteer efforts yield new benches at St. Petersburg landmark: Sent along by Bob Weber.

parkbench_greenDonations, volunteer efforts yield new benches at St. Petersburg landmark

Lumber, pails of paint and hours of installation recently yielded scores of new benches for the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, thanks to donations and volunteers who constructed and installed the seats.

When the club needed to replace 170 benches at its 559 Mirror Lake Drive North site, its members sought help from the St. Petersburg Downtown Neighborhood Association (SPDNA), which in turn reached out to local businesses Pinellas Paint and Mesh Architecture & Fabrication.

Mesh CEO Gary Grooms bought lumber and dispatched staffers to build and mount the benches while Benjamin Moore with Pinellas Paint of Pinellas Park donated green paint.

“I can’t thank you enough for all Mesh is doing and contributing toward the bench project,” SPSC’s Christine Page told Grooms, whose Mesh Architecture & Fabrication is a St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce member.

More than 80 helpers from SPDNA, Mesh and the Shuffleboard Club drilled, cut and combined their efforts to complete the project last month.

“We’re always looking for ways to make downtown an even better place in which to live, work and play,” Gina Driscoll, a member of the SPDNA board, said. “The historic Shuffleboard Club has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years but needed repairs. It was a pleasure to contribute our time and resources to the bench restoration project, which will help to preserve part of our downtown’s proud history and ensure (enjoyment) for years to come.”

Thanks to Bob Weber for sending along this article.  2016 11 10.

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